Today's daily post will be short for the following reasons:
- I cannot describe a Grand Prix as succinctly as these race highlights
- I don't have any leaked information to expose to the world
- I would be hopeless at summarising post race penalties
- I see no updates more relevant than these tweets of the week
- I have no idea how you produce a magazine less than 2 hours after a race
- I cannot imagine what it was like to experience this view
- I regularly lose track of the new teams battle
- I have yet to see a picture that captures the weekend better than this one
In short, I know my place. Have a great Tuesday.
I always love it when someone does a different take on the daily. Keeps everything fresh.
Next time you need a sub for the daily let me know as I have some stuff that may be interesting.
cheers. not sure if amy will have recovered for saturday's. otherwise monday :)
Yet another person in a wing suit shooting a gap
I'm right for Saturday as long as Heikki does something something interesting :D
I'm covered in bubble wrap....
after 4 days of Singapore awesomeness I am back in office. weird feeling
its not fun is it :D
no, it is not :-)
ah well, four day week for me and then another two weeks off. Plus today I feel asleep in the staff room and everyone just left me there and when I came back in to actually do some work they told me to go sleep again. Sometimes I like my job :D
Somehow I missed the news that the Australian GP Corp has its own podcast
http://grandprixaustralia.podomatic.com/ featuring everyones favourite Peter Windsor :D
@H_Kovalainen Arrived home, guess what - BA lost luggage again!
Morning. It's hard learning to be left handed!
what have you done to yourself!
How well do you know your Formula 1 history?
The book That'll be the Day: 365 F1 Stories takes a look at significant moments or quirky happenings on this day in Grand Prix history. Can you guess what event the following describes?
I strained my neck really badly a couple of weeks ago during my sleep because I was restless while off work with man flu. Sunday night it went out again, so I am trying to do some stuff like use a mouse left-handed to see if it helps.
I've also taken to sleeping with my head on the mattress wedged between two foam pillows - it's weird, but fairly comfortable...
It's not so bad. I can still cycle and stuff, I just have to move carefully, else I get a sharp reminder!
I've the same thing with a bad lower back. Normally fine, but one bad move and..........
back pain can be a real pain ... better be careful
I am officially declaring that Singapore GP is not a race, it is an event ... they still have few minor things to work out but it is time for the organizers of other races on the calendar to take notice how to treat fans who pay the steep F1 ticket prices
You should read the Rate the Race thread - we were having a similar discussion there...
Interesting idea - and one that can be considered both good and bad.
I appreciated what the organisers (and the F1 Rocks group) do to add ancillary value to the race weekend, but (personally) I would rather more in the way of access and track action.
Big concerts and stars mean absolutely nothing to me, as I am so so so so so so far from their considered demographic, as to be considered an undervalue customer.
After 35 days I finally received some reply from Lufthansa re my lost luggage story. I swear I will never even think about ever taking that airline again ...
I'm still in a queue to receive my refund from Air Lingus following my cancelled flights last Christmas.
They do what they can do re track action. F1 has 5 sessions, GP2 is over and it does not seem it is their long term plans to go this far ... They had some Porsches, they had the ex-Formula BMW
One thing I did not like was the podium ceremony. many circuits these days release the crowds to the track to celebrate. Nothing like that in Singapore. Instead, while the drivers were on the podium ready to spray the champagne, the workers appeared and the pack up clean up work already started on the start finish straight
I was lucky, that my insurance company paid up fully without waiting for any paperwork from the airline ... so I do not care what Lufthansa does or does not now. But attitude like that drives me crazy ...
Fair enough, but for the price of the tickets, the support line-up is weak.
I went to races all around the world, the only continent I missed is South America. For the support races the crowds are weak everywhere ... people pay the ticket prices but still largely ignore the support races....
in Singapore they manage to keep the crowd within the track with all the entertainment and I am sure it does help the sales of F&B, mainly the "B" part :-)
it may not be right from the racing purists but if F1 wants to attract new people to its fan base Singapore is showing one of the ways it could be done.
There is that too.
It's one way. A better deal for fans in general is another, but the sport makes so many utterly stupid commercial decisions, meaning that is unlikely to happen.
In fact, I take that back. Bernie may come up with the perfect solution. Poor crowds look bad on TV and make it tougher to sell a product, but a night race filmed in the right way means it's near impossible to see any crowd, removing the need for fans at all.
A bit of pre-recorded cheering mixed in with old footage of people mingling enthusiastically and hey presto, the nasty and vastly irrelevant F1 crowds are removed.
the crowd was good, much bigger than 2009 when I was there last time
Could barely see them on TV at all. The place was empty for all I know. Nice lights, but absolutely zero atmosphere projected - the fact the race was fairly "meh" only managed to drill the point home.
no idea how it worked on TV but the atmosphere at the track was pretty good, except that podium ceremony. I have to say though that I did not see all the grandstands, only the area that was near me.
If only people who went blogged about it so that they would see how people felt...
Which people? The fans or the folks that live there?
Croft/Brundle line up on sky could be interesting http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2042153/Did-Andy-Gray-text-Mark-Halsey-hooked-Charles-Sale.html
They think Gerorgie Thompson to present, possibly with lee. But i think Jennie Gow is friends with lots of Sky People
Wouldn't put too much in that - it's the Daily Fail and they already used info which Brundle denied...
Peter Windsor has had a baby: http://twitter.com/#!/PeterDWindsor/status/118628345956151296
I have one example - my flight back was full of people who went down to Sing for the race, and this was the first edition of the Sing GP. When F1 went to Shanghai, lots of people from here went, not too many returned ... Shanghai is a bit cheaper, it is 1 1/2 hour shorter flight and yet, people from here prefer to fly to Singapore to watch F1
other thing is marketing - Shanghai (2 hours away) - no marketing here at all, Sepang (3 hours away) no marketing at all, Korea (4 hours away) no marketing at all. Singapore GP - all over the place - taxis, buses, newspapers ...
... wanted to type "4th edition" not "first"...
There in this paragraph lies F1's biggest hurdle
...apart from the stupidly absurd prices that far outweigh the value of a GP weekend (imo)
but that is the point - in Shanghai I only get hassle for my money, in Singapore a great long weekend that reminds me that it is about the time to take the whole family for a trip to Singapore again :-)
Having said that, Jennie Gow is now posting F1 polls on Facebook: http://t.co/ioASYmkY
oh, so after that mother of all storms on Sunday night in Singapore we have now typhoon coming our way ...
Yeah it hit the Phillipines. Hope Journeyer is OK!
I have a friend living in Manila now, saw a video from him, waves splashing higher than the coconut trees ...
talking about trees, had them falling around our taxi on the way back to hotel on Sunday night. if I was a bit less affected by partying I would probably be scared. as we were we actually found it normal when our taxi driver had to drive the car over the fallen trees :-)
Just got home. Wind outside is crazy - haven't seen anything like this since 2007. Actually, it hit this time in 2007 too. The power company cut the power to most of Manila because the wind was just getting too crazy. Just to give you some idea of how strong it was:
The storm is on its way out tonight until tomorrow. But there may be a new one coming in as early as Friday.
It seems we get hit around this time every other year.
DC is there apparently..
So I DID hear Manila on the BBC broadcast last Sunday! What a time to get stuck here. There are some NBA stars in town, too.
Deary me. Still...?
"Calling it Close"
So, Nicky Hayden is pulling out of the MotoGP race due to health and safety considerations. Has anyone told him he races motorbikes for a living?
It was a joke.
Ah-huh. I see. Not an awfully transparent one tbh.
Don't worry - it seems to have fooled loads of people...
Be fair. He doesn't go particularly quickly on them
He is a worse comedian than he is a racer
Do you think they will have sorted it out before 2016? I'm saving to do the full paddock pass, fly first class, stay at the Raffles thing for my Dad's 60th, and I want it to be awesome.
Who knows? I believe the last race of the current contract is 2015
They need to renew it! Dad loves Singapore; Dad loves racing; it would blow his mind. Also, Monaco's a bit cliche.
Sweet: Alexander Rossi is gonna test for Airasia's GP2 team:
Would be awesome if he was driving in GP2 in Austin next year.
Theyv'e posted some pics of Wheldon's test of the 2012 indycar at Indy today:http://www.indianapolismotorspeedway.com/indy500/galleries/show/6827-2012-indycar-at-the-indianapolis-motor-speedway/
Enjoy a little something from the Sidepodcast back catalogue.
- Live: Germany 2010 - Qualifying
Originally published 24 July 2010.
Looks like the iPhone 5 will be announced next Tuesday then (8pm BST conference seems later than usual), anyone reckon there will be a new iPod Touch?
Very minor updates, if at all
Though apparently, White will be an option
oooh, white. A must have :)
Evening mr bassano
Actually, it's 6pm BST, which is normal for Apple events
I have been misinformed, boo! Wondered why it seemed so late
ios 5 is kinda neat.
at least on my ipad 1. But I'm sure we'll be getting a bunch of iphone 5's for testing.
Join the queue :)
I'll only stand in line for it if it's during work hours and I continue to get paid. Since they're for work anyway.
I'd be happy to create a post next week to keep it out of the regular comments but if someone else wants to do the honours, no worries
This is a very brief video clip of the new IndyCar testing at IMS today, and it has the new engine so it sounds different
Oh hello there Firefox 7
Can't see any visible changes at the moment
*keeps playing about*
Something on the website says it is much faster
Sounds similar to me?
Old - http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pz8Xp6EmTwc
New - http://www.twitvid.com/5TZDP
New one has a turbo woosh and is much deeper-sounding
I see. Nice.
What was edited out of those videos is Robin Miller insulting Paul Tracy.
And Brian Barnhart